South Central WI Archive
November 2010

November 2010

In our household, my husband does the grocery shopping.

He loves to eat and he loves to plan meals. (We tease him because before I even down my first cup of morning coffee he’s asking what I feel like having for dinner.)

I, on the other hand, despise grocery shopping. I’m not good at planning meals and there are a million other things I’d rather do than grocery shop. So our little arrangement works out well and believe me, I know I’m fortunate.

But after talking with people associated with our cover story on the Willy Street Co-op, I think I could be persuaded to change my tune. Willy Street’s business model just makes sense: member owners with a vested interest in its success. The Co-op goes above and beyond selling groceries by supporting local and organic suppliers, and organizations and causes, in the community. In this day and age, it is almost a somewhat old-fashioned notion, but it’s resonating with consumers. Who doesn’t want to feel good about where their hard-earned money is going? If you haven’t already, you really need to check it out.

Other things to check out in this issue include a number of articles written by our loyal advertisers. I was particularly intrigued to learn about an eco-friendly dry cleaning option in the area, how homeopathy can help a variety of issues, and how to get a decent night’s sleep, something that’s becoming increasingly challenging to me the older I get, unfortunately.

Of course, those articles are just the tip of the iceberg, as they say. Our second Madison issue is packed with tons of great healthy living information and we promise more to come in the future.

Want to make a difference? Change your toilet! Depending on how old your current toilet is you can save as much as 42,000 gallons of water annually for a family of four. That’s less on your water bill, less on your sewer bill and certainly better for our environment. Toilets…
The dieting industry is notorious for great marketing schemes. Their cut-calorie approach or restrictive calorie dieting has been a staple in our society for decades. You don’t even have to change what you eat, just the amount. How is it possible to eat the same foods that got you to…
An old Chinese proverb states, "Only when one cannot sleep does one know how long the night is." Anyone who’s ever experienced an occasional bout with insomnia — and that’s most of us — can relate to this all too well. In fact, surveys have shown that 40 to 60…
Two years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what thermal imaging is. Today I am a certified thermographer who helps men and women discover if cancer is ravaging their body. Of course, thermal imaging can be used for other purposes, such as discovering whether a vertebral disc…
Root crops: When buying root crops such as beets, carrots, turnips, potatoes, etc., choose firm products. They should be hard, not spongy. I pick artichokes the same way. If the leaves are wrapped tight and the artichoke is firm, it’s going to be good. Asparagus: When purchasing asparagus look for tight buds…
Beware of dry cleaners making claims about dry cleaning your clothes using "organic" or "natural" methods. Marketing claims for dry cleaning are not regulated like food claims. The National Cleaners Association, a dry cleaning industry trade group, says some operators are using these terms in blatantly misleading ways. What is…
Diabetes is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 151,000 people below the age of 20 have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and more than 13,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes each year. The World…
There are two types of grocery shoppers. There are those who plan ahead, prepare lists, memorize the circular for sale items, clip coupons and shop judiciously and efficiently for healthy, economical foodstuffs. Then there is the camp that likens a trip to the store to root canal. Distracted, they haphazardly…
First, choose a stone that you intuitively feel is right for increasing female fertility. If you are unsure, the following stones are universally known for their connection with fertility and reproduction: Druzy Chrysocolla, Jade (especially in the form of a four-footed dragon – either Jadeite or Nephrite can be used),…
In a fireplace showroom where wood stoves blaze, it’s easy to get dazzled by the artful beauty of a particular stove. However, while loving the stove’s clean lines and form is essential, you should also consider the environment and follow current "green" criteria. Because buying a wood stove is much…
Recently I was listening to a report on a news station about the benefits of acupuncture and meditation for women trying to conceive children. As the reporter was giving a summary of some recent research findings on the benefits of these alternative therapies, he stated, "all of these homeopathic treatments…
Acupuncture had been one of the main forms of healing in China for more than 3,000 years. It lost its territory to Western medication soon after the science-based Western medicine philosophy flooded in at early 20th century. While Western medicine has deeply influenced Chinese society, Americans are also increasingly accepting…
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